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Recruitment Client

We are specialists in FMCG recruitment at all levels across National Accounts – Field Sales Management – Business Development – Category/Customer/Shopper Marketing, Brand Marketing – Export/International – both on a permanent and interim basis. We also help recruit talent across commercial support functions such as revenue management and Supply Chain and we are happy to discuss this with you and any specific requirements you may have.

Our Approach

There is currently a serious talent shortage in the UK FMCG market at all job levels.

The SmithCarey recruitment process utilizes a bespoke combination of candidate search tools and techniques to identify and engage with the right people, to ensure that the candidate shortlist reflects the best talent available to match your specific requirements.

The most important part of the process is meeting you, the client, in person to discuss every aspect of the brief and type of candidate i.e. skills, experience, culture fit that you are looking for. We will then recommend and agree with you a course of action and process to achieve a successful outcome in the shortest possible timescale.

All shortlist candidates are interviewed by SmithCarey face-to-face first, so you have confidence in knowing that all candidates will be a close match to your brief.  Our candidate communication is second to none, so you can be assured that every single candidate who either applies for or who is approached directly by us, will be well briefed and left with a positive impression of your company.

Under normal circumstances we allow 4-6 weeks from start of brief to candidate job offer. Working in partnership with our clients the overriding objective is to attract “top talent” that fits your organisational needs. Talent is in short supply so sometimes this can take a little longer!

Our terms are highly competitive in the FMCG recruitment market and are tailored to reflect your specific requirements taking into account the scale, size and complexity of the search work to be undertaken.  For a confidential discussion and individual quote that meets your needs, please contact one of our Recruitment Directors:

Mark Smith – 07747 847214 –  

Maria Murphy – 07745 184922 –



We personally meet you to understand your unique business and recruitment needs


We tailor the search campaign to bring the right talent that matches your requirements as discussed


We search, manage and select the right shortlist for you – not just a CV shuffle!


During the interview process we manage all candidate feedback & communication on your behalf

Roles we recruit for


  • Sales/Commercial Directors
  • National Accounts
  • Account Directors
  • Field Sales
  • Managing Director

Sales Jobs


  • Brand/Consumer Marketing
  • Category Management
  • Customer Marketing
  • Shopper Marketing

Marketing Jobs


  • Commercial Revenue Management
  • Customer Services/Sales support
  • Export/International
  • Supply Chain

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if you want help attracting the best talent then get in touch with our team.

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Our point of difference

Employee Branding

We are experts in developing and delivering an effective employer brand strategy, working closely and in confidential partnership with clients to develop a fully integrated employer talent attraction and retention strategy. We would be happy to share our successful track record and approach in order to help create a successful first class talent strategy.

Attracting Talent

Our team of Recruitment Directors and Consultants are supported by a team of highly skilled FMCG Researchers and digital/social media marketers, who are experienced in searching and attracting top talent, keeping in regular contact with talented individuals who may not be actively searching for their next opportunity right now but will be seeking the right career move at some point in the future.

Personal Touch

Our ‘personal touch’ Recruitment team all have heavyweight experience and a successful track record of working in FMCG Sales & Marketing roles over many years. They have an intimate knowledge and understanding of how the FMCG market works in all aspects we put people first, we do what we say we’ll do and we live and breathe our unique set of ethical values.

Recruitment Reviews

  • Maria provided me with excellent briefing/background information of the company & products before the interview plus she kept me in the loop throughout the recruitment process. Overall, Maria is very impressive, professional and extremely responsive to queries. I really enjoyed working with her. Highly recommended! - Shoeb (October 2019)
  • Maria from SmithCarey is the main reason why I landed my new role. She has been very professional, patient and took time to get to know me, my experience and what I was looking for in a career. Even though I was not actively looking for a new job Maria helped me find an organisation and a role which seem to be a much better fit for me and my goals. Thank you!  - Rafal  
  • SmithCarey are a preferred recruitment partner to Bazooka Candy Brands. The quality of candidates submitted are always of a high standard due to the time they take to pre-screen and select quality applicants for the positions briefed. Their approach of dealing with the initial screening and interviewing is very efficient and delivers a short-list of high quality candidates for me to meet. I would have no hesitation in recommending SmithCarey and the services they offer.
  • Having worked extensively with Mark Smith of SmithCarey (formerly The Illingworth Partnership) for over 20 years, this in itself should be a good indicator of their professional standing and consistent performance. Recruitment has the potential to be stressful but working with a trusted company who take a real interest in your business and look to understand the characteristics and personality removes a great deal of risk and pitfalls. I am sad to say there are too many companies who merely act as CV post boxes but SmithCarey do not drop into this category. They review, vet and provide like-minded, quality candidates who will fit the organisation saving time and money. Having said this, recruitment is all about people and not just those who you recruit. SmithCarey are a great team and they make a difference - Simon
  • SmithCarey have delivered us a premier league service, the speed and thoroughness in their approach is what busy mid-sized businesses like ours need – self-managing individuals who ask us the right questions, over-index on emotional intelligence in their quest to find people, and real comprehension of what ‘business-person fit’ means, giving us consistent results. In pressured circumstances, which seems to be the norm, they deliver - Jonathan
  • We have used SmithCarey for all our commercial recruitment over the past three years and in this time we have developed an excellent partnership - Geoff
  • SmithCarey really put in the time and effort to get it right. They work closely with us to make sure they understand the way we work and exactly what we’re looking for in terms of candidate skills sets, experience and personality. They use their experience and insight to recognise the business challenges we face and they know the dynamics of our markets. They work with integrity and enthusiasm and have had a highly successful record of attracting top talent throughout our 10 year recruitment partnership - Adam
  • With the guidance of SmithCarey, our employer branding strategy has helped articulate and communicate the values and strength of First Drinks’ organisation, brands and positive people culture in order to help attract the best fmcg sales and marketing talent - John

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